Save on Pinterest

Strawberry Tunnel Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + chilling


12-16 servings

My son doesn’t like traditional birthday cakes and always asks for something with strawberries for the occasion. I hit the jackpot when I dreamed up this delicious cake with a “surprise” inside. —Janis Borstad, Ponsford, Minnesota


  • 1 package (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
  • 6 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a 10-in. ungreased tube pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  2. Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. Cut a 1-in. slice off the top of the cake; set aside. To make a tunnel, carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1-in. shell. Tear removed cake into 1-in. cubes.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in milk and lemon juice until smooth. Stir in extract and food coloring if desired. Stir in cake cubes and strawberries. Fold in 1 cup whipped topping.
  4. Fill tunnel with strawberry mixture; replace cake top. Spread remaining whipped topping over top and sides of cake. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 267 calories, 8g fat (6g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 256mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • Deb
    Aug 26, 2017

    A 5 star rating from my family, but my option given was 4 stars. A definite keeper!

  • parksville
    Aug 31, 2014

    This cake was very good, but we found it a bit too rich for us, hence, 4 star rating. If you prefer really rich tasting food you'll love this one! Probably won't make again unless I make some adjustments.

  • pinkmarblz
    May 10, 2013

    Have made this several times! Always a hit!

  • Denco24
    Apr 27, 2013

    I've made this cake many, many times. Everyone always loves it and there are NO leftovers! This is always a good sign! Once you get the hang of hollowiing out the cake, it is very easy, but it took a time or two for me to get the hang of it. It is a relatively easy cake to make.

  • ppolen
    Apr 6, 2013

    No comment left

  • nyjenn716
    Mar 29, 2013

    My family is always requesting this for special occasions! We love it!

  • maggieandjack
    Dec 4, 2011

    Everyone LOVED this at the Ladies' Tea that I hosted. Even at Christmas, this went over well. It is light and tasty with just enough richness in the filling to please eveyone, especially my hubby.

  • NICK1
    May 28, 2007

    No comment left

  • Randy
    Apr 8, 2007

    No comment left

  • Lisa
    Sep 3, 2006

    No comment left